View Full Version : Liberty Island / Cache Slough : Round Two 1/16/11

01-17-2011, 09:50 AM
So, the first time around fishing this spot last week, my brother hooks into a big fish only to have it pop off a few minutes later. After having this lasting memory of dejection last with us for the entire workweek, we decided to give it another go Sunday.

After getting our bait at Bob's in Isleton (note to all: they don't open until 7AM, we were waiting for almost an hour) which always has excellent bait, giant pile-worms and ghost and grass shrimp. We launched out of Brannan and got to our spot and started soaking bait around 8AM.

A few hours into it, I saw the classic sturgeon pump on my lucky Penn rod, and set the hook. It immediately felt like I hooked into a log. I felt a few head shakes so I knew it was a fish but my brother was still convinced that i was snagged. I handed my rod to him to let him feel for himself, at this point the fish was near the boat. It must have seem the boat because as soon as my brother touched the rod, this thing started peeling line rapidly. The fish came close to spooling my reel so I told my brother to tighten the drag and let's boat her. I was confident in my tackle, heavy P-Line mono and Berkely snaps and swivels and a heavy wire leader.

About five minutes later and after a couple of deep runs down, I managed to net the fish at the first sight of it's head. It still had a lot of fight in him and was thrashing around the boat for some time getting it's last revenge on me by beating up my leg. Not fun. The fish measured 56" inches and was easily in the 50lb range. This was a stout fish! If I had to wager on it without seeing it surface, I would have said it was an oversized sturgeon, it was a healthy beast.

We ended the day with no other fish or action but by all accounts, this was success. We fished in 40ft of water, marked a ton of fish. This was caught on the end of the incoming tide on eel. Water temp was 48.8 degrees. Good luck everyone, 2 tags left. :action-smiley-035:


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01-17-2011, 10:18 AM
Way to go, I was out there on Saturday fishing at the Isleton bridge and cache slough for nada.

01-18-2011, 06:44 PM
NIIICE!!!! I will B out there this weekend....been having this bad luck streak for a week now...plenty of action, just slow:snail: to the rod for hook set.... must have caught the " U run like a girl syndrome"....

01-18-2011, 08:55 PM
[QUOTE= must have caught the " U run like a girl syndrome"....[/QUOTE]

That's better than the "Run Forrest, Run!" syndrome.....LOL

01-18-2011, 10:40 PM
Man thats a nice catch!! I was out there like 3x and nuthin so going out tomorrow. And bank fish of liberty island rd.

01-20-2011, 08:24 PM
nice fish...congratulations on your catch...

01-23-2011, 09:45 PM
update: fished the same area around Liberty Island on 01/22/11 for both the outgoing and incoming tides. not much of a minus tide but the incoming was nice.

we used a combination of eel, ghost, grass and pile worm and targeted fish in about 40ft of water. we marked a ton of fish, they are definitely there but we struck out. i had a few good pull downs, the type that pulls down once and doesn't give you a chance for a proper hook set. i did swing for the fences on one really good bite but nothing stuck.

there was a boat anchored downstream of us by about 15 yards that managed to land a beautiful 52 incher.